Below are six papers on certain larger topics surrounding the conversion of public housing to Section 8. Hopefully, these documents will serve as helpful contributions to broader policy discussions. I welcome any thoughts and comments.
Public Housing's New Math
This paper looks at the essential figures that PHAs must know to assess which conversion option provides the best rents.
Recognizing Functional Obsolescence Under Section 18
This paper, co-authored with Rob Hazelton of Dominion Due Diligence (D3G), argues that the rules governing public housing demolition and disposition can and should be amended to recognize functional obsolescence, which would greatly help PHAs in repositioning planning, especially for their legacy projects.
Beyond Public Housing
In Beyond Public Housing, I argue that it is time to think about moving on from the public housing program. We should be talking about preserving the assistance, not the program.
HUD's Very Quiet Rescue Plan for Very Small PHAs
In HUD’s Very Quiet Rescue Plan for Very Small PHAs, I discuss the freedom now available to very small PHAs, who account for more than 30% of all agencies, to move off the public housing platform and become Section 8 owners – and why that’s a good thing.
The Troubled PHA and Troubled Project Problem
In The Troubled PHA and Troubled Project Problem, I suggest that the conversion to Section 8 offers a new, powerful tool in solving the problem of chronic non-performers.
Post-Conversion Oversight of RAD PBV Projects
In Post-Conversion Oversight of RAD PBV Projects, I play out how the future might look for overseeing RAD PBV projects and why it makes sense to treat them differently from standard PBV projects.